National Geographic : 1954 Feb
The Author Cradles an Eaglet Warmly dressed in thick white down, the baby eagle spends his first month eating, sleeping, and cheeping disconsolately when he feels neg lected. In the seventh week the eaglet begins wing and talon exer cises. Feathers clothe the body in the third month. Adult eagles have the power to fly away with lambs, but such thefts are rare. "Stories of eagles' carrying away babies are nonsense," says the author. "The bird does not attack man, but it has been known to swoop on a full-grown stag. Eagles frequently take cubs of the fox, the sheep farm er's worst enemy." Two cliff-exploring sheep fell to their death from this nest when the mother eagle beat them with her powerful wings (opposite page). - A 2-week-old chick shows well developed beak, claws, and curiosity.